I hate bios. Especially when they're written in third person. Like, "In her spare time, Alison loves to speak Russian and play extreme Frisbee." As if someone else were writing about me, even though I'm the writer. But I've had enough people ask me how I started writing about country music, so I feel like I owe them something.

For the past 20 years, I've been a copywriter at various advertising agencies. So I've written about everything from wine to baby food to antifreeze. And while I was doing all that writing, I was listening to country music. As much as I could get my hands on. I've never been addicted to drugs, but I can see how easily you could start down that slippery slope. First there were the Garth Brooks cassettes in my Walkman. Then I started tuning into country radio stations. Then I joined a couple fan clubs. Then came the concerts (and learning how to sneak my camera in). Ask any of my friends, my husband or my three kids: I'm hooked.

The only antidote was to find an outlet for my ramblings about the music. I was blessed enough to find an editor who liked the idea of a fan who could write. (I like to think I'm a fan first, and a journalist second.) The assignments kept coming, and now not a day goes by that Iím not writing, blogging or shooting something country. Itís seriously the best gig a girl could ever get.